EPPC Briefly: George Weigel on the Next Pope

Published February 21, 2013



Catholics Need a Pope for the ‘New Evanglization’

In the Wall Street Journal, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow (and papal biographer) George Weigel sets forth the challenges facing the next pope “as the door opens to the evangelical Catholicism of the future.” Read more>>

Mr. Weigel’s new book, Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church, traces the rise of a new paradigm for the Catholic Church in the modern world and offers a detailed program of reform. See also Mr. Weigel’s “Evangelical Catholics on Offense,” which sketches how “a bold new era in the two-thousand-year history of the Catholic Church is beginning,” and his interview on “The Dynamic Continuity of Benedict XVI and John Paul II.”

What Popes Are For

Writing for the Huffington Post, EPPC Fellow Stephen P. White explains that the pope is first and foremost an apostle in service to the Church’s mission of proclaiming the Gospel. Read more>>

Pope Benedict Was a Powerful Voice for Moral Leadership

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel praises Pope Benedict XVI’s “acute sense of the crisis of western democracy at this moment in history.” Read more>>See also Mr. Weigel’s broader assessment of Pope Benedict XVI’s legacy and EPPC Fellow Stephen P. White’s “Pope Benedict’s Legacy of Humility.”

Pope Benedict XVI and the Call to Conscience

EPPC Fellow Mary Hasson reflects on the “great humility” manifested by Pope Benedict’s decision to resign. Read more>>


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How To Save the Republican Party

In Commentary magazine, EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner and co-author Michael Gerson urge rising Republican leaders to “refine and relaunch the Republican message, to propose policies that symbolize values and cultural understanding, to reconnect with a middle America that looks different than it once did, and to confront old attitudes, not from time to time, but every day.” Read more>>

Old and Rich? Less Help For You

“Democrats want to close the budget gap by having the government lean more heavily on the wealthy, while Republicans want to close it by having the government spend less money,” observes EPPC Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin in a New York Times op-ed. “Means-testing—allocating benefits according to need—might offer both sides a way out.” Read more>>

Fiscal Fitness

In the Weekly Standard, EPPC Lehrman Institute Fellow John Mueller and co-author Lewis Lehrman outline the “four basic principles of successful American political economy” and propose an agenda to implement them. Read more>>

The State of the Democrats

EPPC Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin attributes the emptiness of President Obama’s State of the Union Address to the exhaustion of liberalism, the weakness of the president, and the Democrats’ political inability to address the problem of slow economic growth. Read more>>

The Absentee Commander in Chief

In the Wall Street Journal, EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner and co-author William Kristol argue that “on Sept. 11, 2012, as American were under attack in Benghazi, Libya, President Obama failed in his basic responsibility as president and commander in chief.” Read more>>

The Top Ten Health-Care Bills for 2013

Full repeal of Obamacare is not going to happen in the short term, but “there are still many things the House GOP can do to push health-care policy in a new direction,” explains EPPC Senior Fellow James C. Capretta. Read more>>

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